James Wan to Direct Aquaman

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Warner Brothers announced today that James Wan will be the director of the 2018 film Aquaman, which currently stars Jason Momoa. Reported by SuperHeroHype, Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, Warner Bros. Pictures made the announcement.

Silverman said that they were lucky to work with Wan on New Line's The Conjuring and the upcoming The Conjuring 2. Silverman went on to say a few more things about Wan's work.

"The ‘Aquaman’ film will be a major tentpole picture for us and James’s span of work has proven him able to take on any manner of project, bringing his incredible creative talent and unique voice to the material.”

In addition to directing, Wan will be supervising the script, which was written by Kurt Johnstad, known for 300 & 300: Rise of an Empire. Before Aquaman appears in his own film, he will make his debut in Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice on March 25, 2016.

Wan is known for his horror films, such as Saw and the first two Insidious films. Most recently, Wan found success with Furious 7. Aquaman will hit theaters on July 27, 2018.

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#1 Posted by Transformers1024 (7600 posts) - - Show Bio

Don't like his previous work, so he better put everything he has into this film from being a total disaster.

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#2 Posted by SaintWildcard (21714 posts) - - Show Bio

He should have directed Flash.... cus you know... he did that movie about fast cars

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#3 Edited by Bahri (2 posts) - - Show Bio

2108? that's a long time. Hope James Wan and Momoa don't die until movie come out.

edit: i love james wan's works. Insidious and Conjuring were really good. And Furious 7 was good too. That man knows how to direct a movie.

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#4 Posted by MadeinBangladesh (12493 posts) - - Show Bio

wooooooooooooo

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#5 Edited by Spidey_Jackson (6359 posts) - - Show Bio

Awesome! I can hardly wait the 93 years!

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#6 Edited by redmanta (605 posts) - - Show Bio

good choiceJames Wan is very talented

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#7 Posted by DarthDanMan (184 posts) - - Show Bio

@bahri said:

2108? that's a long time. Hope James Wan and Momoa don't die until movie come out.

I'll probably be dead by the time that comes out and I was born in the 90s.

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#8 Edited by Jonny_Anonymous (45774 posts) - - Show Bio

Don't like his previous work, so he better put everything he has into this film from being a total disaster.

You don't like Insidious, The Conjuring or Fast 7?

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#9 Posted by inferiorego (25733 posts) - - Show Bio

@bahri said:

2108? that's a long time. Hope James Wan and Momoa don't die until movie come out.

I'll probably be dead by the time that comes out and I was born in the 90s.

It's hard to maintain composure when your favorite character is finally getting a director and one you like at that.

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#10 Edited by SilverPool (4562 posts) - - Show Bio

Solid choice. He's a really successful director and I get the choice.

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#11 Posted by Bahri (2 posts) - - Show Bio

@darthdanman said:
@bahri said:

2108? that's a long time. Hope James Wan and Momoa don't die until movie come out.

I'll probably be dead by the time that comes out and I was born in the 90s.

It's hard to maintain composure when your favorite character is finally getting a director and one you like at that.

i feel you.

and @darthdanman you're right, i will be dead too, sad.

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#12 Posted by Teerack (10703 posts) - - Show Bio

All he has made in the past is bad horror films. :|

rip aquaman movie.

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#13 Posted by the_stegman (40142 posts) - - Show Bio

Outrageous!

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#14 Posted by Koop (82 posts) - - Show Bio

I really hope he knocks this movie out of the park. Aquaman is my favorite DC character and I want to see him done justice. So freakin ready!

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#15 Posted by Starscream_Vs_You (242 posts) - - Show Bio

So so so awesomely happy!!! One of my favorite directors is on board for the DCCU. To awesome for more words!! :D

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#16 Posted by Pokeysteve (12017 posts) - - Show Bio

This will be Wan hell of a movie. Come on 2018!

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#17 Posted by AwesomePerson (2767 posts) - - Show Bio

Awesome Choice!

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#18 Posted by Farkam (12021 posts) - - Show Bio

@koop said:

I really hope he knocks this movie out of the park. Aquaman is my favorite DC character and I want to see him done justice. So freakin ready!

Yes.

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#19 Posted by Sovereign91001 (7483 posts) - - Show Bio

Sounds like a solid choice. I look forward to seeing what he can do.

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#20 Posted by Gotham331 (516 posts) - - Show Bio

Little skeptical, but considering his body of work this could be ok. I liked fast 7 and Saw was the jam! Plus, the writer from 300 has script duties? We shall see.

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#21 Edited by MrMazz (2002 posts) - - Show Bio

I continue to be intrigued by the people WB has brought onto produce these features and hope that we will have a tonal variety and spectrum for these characters quickly. But noen of this is even committed to digital yet so I'm not to excited.

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#22 Posted by IsaccAlves1 (7 posts) - - Show Bio

Awesome!!!

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#23 Posted by vinomonster (5566 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm so happy

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#24 Posted by Ostyo (14103 posts) - - Show Bio

Well...this movie is royally screwed...

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#26 Posted by kfabz-23 (6135 posts) - - Show Bio

Hell yeah

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#27 Edited by Starscream_Vs_You (242 posts) - - Show Bio

@staphin: I love his body of work. He can direct anything and it would be great. He isn't just a horror movie director. He directed Furious 7. Plus he understands characterization and what it means for movies success. If you need to see anything from him watch Saw 1, The Conjuring, and Furious 7. Saw 1 because you get a sense of a younger him, The Conjuring and Furious 7 for an wiser and older version.

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#28 Posted by ComicsrulebutDBZdoes2 (7566 posts) - - Show Bio

He should just start selling chicken fried rice, his movies are awful.....wait a second for aquaman? And the DCCC? Wow he's a perfect fit mediocre director for a mediocre character for a second rate company

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#30 Posted by MuyJingo (2862 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm disappointed with this, purely because of the last fast and the furious.

I watched Fast 5 and it was amazing, but that was Justin Lin. The sequel was a let down but had some good action. The last one though was so unbelievably terrible that I will never see another movie in that franchise, and can not be excited for Aquaman now in any way.

Combined with the fact they want to make him Polynesian instead of Greek for some dumb reason I'll probably just watch it after it's on some kind of streaming service.

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#32 Posted by Agent9149 (3627 posts) - - Show Bio

@muyjingo: Him being played by a polynesian actor is that much of deal breaker for you?

Anyways...

Interesting directorial pic. I want to see how it plays out.

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#33 Edited by MuyJingo (2862 posts) - - Show Bio

@agent9149 said:

@muyjingo: Him being played by a polynesian actor is that much of deal breaker for you?

Anyways...

Interesting directorial pic. I want to see how it plays out.

Not at all. It's not the race of the actor. I should have been more clear.

It's the fact that the actor said they want to reinvent the character to have a polynesian backstory within the movie and universe they are setting up.

I'd much prefer if Atlantis and Themyscyra had a shared history at an early enough point in time, because I think that makes things interesting and opens up a lot of possibilities.

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#34 Posted by amazing_webhead (9767 posts) - - Show Bio

it's times like these i wish i recognized "tone" of storytelling like normal people do

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#35 Posted by Perfect 10 (1655 posts) - - Show Bio

@bahri:its not really that far away if you think about it especially if they do with aquaman what they did with batman v superman and plan to do with wonder woman (start filming this fall acording to wonder woman herself) and that is film two years in advance so they could start filming aquaman as early as next year.

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#36 Posted by Perfect 10 (1655 posts) - - Show Bio

two hot guys working on the same project!!! dc is killing it in the diversity of their talent and im super happy. just hope the products are deserving of this talent

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#37 Edited by HopeOnFire (353 posts) - - Show Bio

@comicsrulebutdbzdoes2 said:

He should just start selling chicken fried rice, his movies are awful.....wait a second for aquaman? And the DCCC? Wow he's a perfect fit mediocre director for a mediocre character for a second rate company

Oh wow, racist much?

@muyjingo: I think that them being in a shared universe is enough of an intersection. It's best that Aquaman and Wonder Woman have more varying backgrounds to better differentiate them and set them apart from each other. Otherwise it'll just be mythical greek sea king and mythical greek island princess.

Plus, Polynesians were an incredible sea-faring people, so to make them Atlantean gives a nod towards history, as well as a boost in on-screen diversity.

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#38 Edited by ComicsrulebutDBZdoes2 (7566 posts) - - Show Bio

@hopeonfire: huh? How is that racist? Most people in Chinese restaurants are Chinese and that's one of their specialities it's the same as saying you should go work in Mac Donald's to white people or KFC to black people

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#39 Posted by MAZAHS117 (12351 posts) - - Show Bio

I haven't seen any of his movies

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#40 Posted by Agent9149 (3627 posts) - - Show Bio

@hopeonfire: huh? How is that racist? Most people in Chinese restaurants are Chinese and that's one of their specialities it's the same as saying you should go work in Mac Donald's to white people or KFC to black people

James Wan is Australian. Now you really sound racist!

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#41 Posted by MuyJingo (2862 posts) - - Show Bio


@muyjingo: I think that them being in a shared universe is enough of an intersection. It's best that Aquaman and Wonder Woman have more varying backgrounds to better differentiate them and set them apart from each other. Otherwise it'll just be mythical greek sea king and mythical greek princess.

Plus, Polynesians were an incredible sea-faring people, so to make them Atlantean gives a nod towards history, as well as a boost in on-screen diversity.

The Greeks were a seafaring people just as much. The Atlanteans are pretty distinct from Greeks and Amazons at this point in time, and I still think going back in time and having them diverge allows for more interesting story possibilities than simply making Aquaman Polynesian for the sake of diversity.

Atlantis is a Greek myth for a reason. I'm not saying it won't work, what they are doing...no one will know until the film is out, and I may end up preferring the movie take on it. I'm just skeptical that it is being changed for no other reason to increase diversity, which isn't a valid reason in my book. Atlantis is known as a Greek myth the world over and originates from a time when Polynesians didn't exactly have advanced cities, so it will be interesting how they reconcile that, if they even bother.

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#42 Posted by StMichalofWilson (5631 posts) - - Show Bio

That would be cool

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#44 Posted by Agent9149 (3627 posts) - - Show Bio
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#45 Posted by Needlebay (2420 posts) - - Show Bio

Super excited. James Wan is a talented director and hard worker. Aquaman is in good hands.

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#46 Posted by noj (1400 posts) - - Show Bio

@muyjingo: The problem with the Furious movies arent direction, its scripting. Even people who dont like the ones he directed have to admit the action direction is pretty dang awesome. I wasnt in love with Furious 7, but that scene when they drive the car across those 3 skyscrapers was crazy awesome!

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#47 Posted by SupBatz (2186 posts) - - Show Bio

A guy who made decent horror movies after the turn of the century is a good director in my book. Hope he gives us a great Aquaman.

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#48 Edited by Deathstroke52 (7006 posts) - - Show Bio

This will be Wan hell of a movie. Come on 2018!

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#49 Posted by Saint_Sophie (7263 posts) - - Show Bio

@bahri said:

that's a long time. Hope James Wan and Momoa don't die until movie come out.

Oh my, I just had to laugh when I read this. :p.

xoxo, -Saint Sophie

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#50 Posted by HopeOnFire (353 posts) - - Show Bio

@hopeonfire: huh? How is that racist? Most people in Chinese restaurants are Chinese and that's one of their specialities it's the same as saying you should go work in Mac Donald's to white people or KFC to black people

That's racist too(lol). It doesn't matter the race/stereotyped-specialty that you're talking about--saying this kind of stuff isn't cool. You might get slapped in real life.

Also, parents all over the world tell their kids that they'll work at McDonald's if they don't study well.

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